Indian Journal of Animal Research

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Indian Journal of Animal Research, volume 51 issue 6 (december 2017) : 1153-1156

The effect of single-gender and mixed rearing on growth performance, backfat thickness and meat quality in crossbred growing-finishing pigs

Wen-Chao Liu, Jae-Won Park, Hyeok-Min Yun, Hyun-Soo Kim, In-Ho Kim*
1<p>Department of Animal Resource and Science,&nbsp;Dankook University, Cheonan, Chungnam 330-714, South Korea.</p>
Cite article:- Liu Wen-Chao, Park Jae-Won, Yun Hyeok-Min, Kim Hyun-Soo, Kim* In-Ho (2016). The effect of single-gender and mixed rearing on growth performance, backfat thickness and meat quality in crossbred growing-finishing pigs . Indian Journal of Animal Research. 51(6): 1153-1156. doi: 10.18805/ijar.v0iOF.6833.

The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of single-gender and mixed rearing on growth performance, backfat thickness and meat quality in crossbred [(Landrace × Yorkshire) × Duroc] growing-finishing pigs. A total of 120 pigs were used in this 15-wk growth trial. Pigs were allotted to 3 treatments based on their initial BW (10 replications; 4 pigs per pen). The treatments included: T1: mixed rearing (2 barrows and 2 gilts per pen); T2: barrows; T3: gilts. Non significant variations in growth and meat quality traits were recorded amongst groups under study (P>0.05). However, barrows had significantly higher backfat thickness than gilts throughout the entire trial (P<0.05).

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